French Striker Kylian Mbappe smashed a hat-trick as PSG propels into the final of the French Cup, beating Lyon by 5-1. His goal tally inclusive of all competitions is 30 during a win that was made easy by Fernando Marcal who was returned just before Neymar put the French champions ahead in the 64th minute from the penalty spot.
Whereas, Lyon on the other hand, ended a five-match unbeaten run that included an impressive 1-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League and the weekend’s battle over local rivals Saint-Etienne.
“It was a solid, serious display full of concentration,” said PSG manager Thomas Tuchel.
“Mbappe’s been very strong these last few weeks. He had a tough time in Dortmund [where PSG lost 2-1 in the last-16 first leg] playing in a different position. It was clearly difficult for him against Dortmund.
“With Neymar, they’re very strong together. After Dortmund, Mbappe has responded brilliantly after every training session and during the games against Dijon and Lyon.
“He’s very strong, he uses his speed very well, he’s very decisive. He’s really in good shape.”
Tuchel signaled to Neymar quoting him as the team’s catalyst, with the Brazilian getting advantage from playing regularly after returning from a rib issue. “For him, the most important thing is that he plays. He’s a player who helps us to do extraordinary performances, with extraordinary results. He has to play, and it’s good that he played 90 minutes.
“It is also good to have another game to play before Dortmund against Strasbourg. He needs that, he has the ability to play a lot, and when he plays a lot, he is super strong.”
Mbappe levels for the visitor’s side with an easy tap-in within three minutes after Martin Terrier had given the raucous home fans hope with a neat 11th-minute opener.
The French striker was also a crucial player to PSG taking the lead in the 64th minute from the penalty spot. Taking the ball out on the left-wing, he casually cited two Lyon defenders before floating over a cross to fellow forward Edinson Cavani, who controlled the ball only for Marcal to then handle before the Uruguay striker could let his shot go.
Neymar helped his home team with a grasping spot-kick after confirmation of the handball by VAR, while Marcal was handed his second yellow card.
“I prefer to say nothing about the penalty,” said Lyon manager Rudi Garcia, who side face PSG in the League Cup final next month.
“When you are 10 against 11 playings such a strong team it’s no longer a contest.”
Mbappe made sure of the Parisian’s go to to the Stade de France subsequent month with a splendid solo attempt with 20 mins left, embarrassing Bruno Guimaraes and Marcelo earlier than lightly slotting past Anthony Lopes. Pablo Sarabia introduced a fourth with a stinging low strike eleven mins later, and Mbappe completed his hat-trick in stoppage time, tapping home Neymar’s move after appropriate work on the left from the world’s most high-priced footballer